MEET the record breakers – more than 100 girls from Sheffield High School set out to take part in the world’s biggest practical science lesson and Guinness World Records has now confirmed they achieved their goal.
The school took part in the event with its sister secondaries from the Girls’ Day School Trust in November.
Pupils took part in the world record attempt by conducting two science experiments to measure the value of acceleration due to gravity.
One measured the time taken for an object to drop a set distance and the other timed a swinging pendulum.
In all, 2,215 girls aged 10 to 15 took part at 26 schools and academies across the country.
Valerie Dunsford, Sheffield headteacher, said: “We’re excited to have been part of making science history.
“Studies have shown women who go to girls’ schools are more likely to study stereotypically male subjects like physics and chemistry, both at school and at university.
“We know this to be true from our own experience, with about 20 per cent of our girls studying A-level physics each year, compared to the national average of 1.6 per cent.
“Taking part in this world record has created further enthusiasm around science.”